Biography

Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Directing for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting and his 2008 film Milk, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures.

His filmography as writer and director includes an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d. lang, with cameos by William S. Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others); and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Reeves as well as River Phoenix.

He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink. A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.

Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Directing for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting and his 2008 film Milk, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures.

His filmography as writer and director includes an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d. lang, with cameos by William S. Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others); and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Reeves as well as River Phoenix.

He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink. A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 66

Birthday 1952-07-24

Place of Birth Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Official Site http://gusvansant.com/

Also Known As

  • Gus Van Sant Jr.

Directing TV ShowsMovies

Le Marais Director
The Prince of Fashion Director
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Director
2017 When We Rise (1 episode)Director
2016 The Sea of Trees Director
2012 Promised Land Director
2011 My Own Private River Director
2011 Restless Director
2008 Milk Director
2008 8 Director
2007 Paranoid Park Director
2007 To Each His Own Cinema Director
2006 Paris, Je T'Aime Director
2005 Last Days Director
2003 Elephant Director
2002 Gerry Director
2002 David Bowie: Best of Bowie Director
2000 Finding Forrester Director
2000 Easter Director
1998 Psycho Director
1997 Good Will Hunting Script Supervisor Director
1997 Ballad of the Skeletons Director
1996 Four Boys in a Volvo Director
1995 To Die For Director
1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Director
1991 My Own Private Idaho Director
1991 Flea Sings Director
1991 Thanksgiving Prayer Director
1989 Drugstore Cowboy Director
1988 Ken Death Gets Out of Jail Director
1988 Junior Director
1987 My New Friend Director
1987 Five Ways to Kill Yourself Director
1986 Mala Noche Director
1985 Switzerland Director
1982 The Discipline of D.E. Director
1973 1/2 of a Telephone Conversation Director
1972 Little Johnny Director
1971 The Happy Organ Director

Acting

At the Video Store as Himself
Thank You for Supporting the Arts
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot as Willamette Week Editor
2015 About Cinema
2015 I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman
2013 The Canyons as Dr. Campbell
2012 A Special Day as Himself
2011 The Advocate for Fagdom as Himself
2011 The Story of Film: An Odyssey as Himself
2010 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within as Himself
2008 Making Paranoid Park
2008 Crítico
2007 Paranoid Park as Guy Reading Newspaper (uncredited)
2007 Here's Looking at You, Boy as Himself
2006 Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema as Himself
2005 Last Days as Phone Voice (voice)
2005 The Making of My Own Private Idaho
2004 The Making of Last Days as Himself
2003 Saltlake Van Sant as Himself
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back as Himself
2000 Finding Forrester as Library Assistant (uncredited)
2000 Psycho Path as Himself
1999 The Making of Drugstore Cowboy
1998 Psycho as Man Talking to Man in Cowboy Hat (uncredited)
1998 Strange Parallel as himself
1991 My Own Private Idaho as Man Behind Hotel Counter (uncredited)
1988 Junior as Himself
1987 Five Ways to Kill Yourself
1986 Mala Noche as Guy at Hotel (uncredited)

Writing

The Prince of Fashion Screenplay
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Story Screenplay
2007 Paranoid Park Screenplay
2006 Paris, Je T'Aime Writer
2005 Last Days Screenplay
2003 Elephant Screenplay
2002 Gerry Screenplay
1997 Ballad of the Skeletons Writer
1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Writer
1991 My Own Private Idaho Screenplay
1989 Drugstore Cowboy Screenplay
1987 Five Ways to Kill Yourself Writer
1986 Mala Noche Screenplay

Production

2017 When We Rise (4 episodes)Executive Producer
2012 Promised Land Executive Producer
2012 Laurence Anyways Executive Producer
2011 Restless Producer
2010 Virginia Executive Producer
2006 Wild Tigers I Have Known Executive Producer
2003 Tarnation Executive Producer
1999 Speedway Junky Executive Producer
1998 Psycho Producer
1995 Kids Executive Producer
1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Executive Producer
1991 Thanksgiving Prayer Producer
1986 Mala Noche Producer

Editing

2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Editor
2007 Paranoid Park Editor
2005 Last Days Editor
2003 Elephant Editor
2002 Gerry Editor
1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Editor
1986 Mala Noche Editor

Sound

2008 Milk Sound Re-Recording Mixer
1997 Good Will Hunting Sound Re-Recording Mixer
1979 Property Sound

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